Sunday 8 December 2019

Airport worker 'hurt by faulty cable'

Tim Healy

A DUBLIN Airport baggage handler was injured after allegedly receiving two electric shocks when plugging a defective power cable into a Boeing 737 aircraft.

Patrick Kemmy (39), Park Boulevard, Tyrellstown, Blanchardstown, Dublin, claims the Dublin Airport Authority and Servisair were negligent by allowing him to use unsafe equipment and by failing to provide him with a safe place of work, which led to the accident on April 27, 2009.

He claims in the High Court that the cable should have been properly protected against the ingress of water, as it was raining at time.

The defendants deny the incident happened and if it did he would have not lived.

Mr Kemmy plugged the cable in and got a shock as he pressed a button on it but thought, "you thick, you plugged it in wrong".

He tried it a second time and got another shock.

He told engineers what had happened and he also informed the airside duty manager.

He initially declined an ambulance but a short time later requested one. An ambulance crew decided he should be brought to Beaumont Hospital. He spent 18 hours in Beaumont.

He began suffering tingling in his right arm, chest pain, shortness of breath, neck pain and headaches after the accident.

The headaches and neck pain still continue. He also experiences tingling in his right arm.

Bernard McDonagh, for the defendants, said it was their case that if he got the shock he said he got, he would have been killed. The hearing continues.

Irish Independent

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